Google Scholar has introduced a new journal metric as an alternative to the impact factor. It’s called the H5 index. Basically it is equivalent to the Hirsch index, but calculated for a journal rather than an individual author, over a five year period. Click on this full post for more information.
Carol Ann Davis, Wendy Robertson (University of Iowa), and Char Simser (Kansas State University) have a paper also recently published in the current issue of The Serials Librarian: “Navigating the Political Waters of Open Access Publishing in Libraries,” DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0361526X.2018.1428477 Additionally, Carol Ann Davis and Jason Boczar’s paper has been published in The Serials Librarian: …
USF Tampa Library’s Digital Scholarship and Publishing Librarian , Jason Boczar, recently served as the Chair of the Ethical Framework Task Force of the Library Publishing Coalition to produce An Ethical Framework for Library Publishing . As Chair, Jason also served as an editor and an author of the document. Well done, Sir!
Copyright and Intellectual Property Librarian, LeEtta Schmidt published “The Invisible Employee: Success and Fragility of Automating Interlibrary Loan,” online in the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve on May 17th. LeEtta continues to be a library leader in the area of interlibrary loan and document delivery issues. Well done!
Becoming a Reflective Librarian and Teacher: Strategies for Mindful Academic Practice by Michelle Reale, is an e-book that emphasizes reflective practice as a pedagogical tool that benefits both professionals and students. It discusses the relationship between reflection and pedagogy to promote professional growth as well as strategies for reflective practice in the classroom.
This research article in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication discusses author findings from researchers about the importance and utilization of specific data curation activities. The authors held focus groups with 91 participants at six academic institutions to determine which activities were being used for their data and how satisfied they were with the results. Most participants reported dissatisfaction with data curation at their institutions. Authors point out gaps and opportunities for academic libraries.
Sarah Scoles published this article in Wired about the loss of scientific studies when a journal, The Online Journal of Current Clinical Trials, back in the early 1990’s was sold to Taylor & Francis. When the journal stopped publishing, all the archives disappeared, including that of the former editor, Kay Dickersin. Her paper, along with 80 others was not preserved or archived. This article describes how Portico and some crowd-sourcing has restored about 50 publications, many of which are still valid and valuable today. Image credit.
The Florida State University Libraries, after long deliberation, are planning to cancel FSU’s comprehensive “big deal” subscription to Elsevier journals. Instead, the Libraries will subscribe to a subset of most-needed journals, as identified by faculty and usage statistics. This change will take place in January 2019. Read about it here.
This report offers a series of profiles of the ILL efforts of six academic libraries or consortia. Based on interviews with department heads and administrators, the report examines cutting edge efforts related to the innate inter-operability between integrated library systems and ILL/document delivery platforms, discussion of new tools that allow disparate systems to communicate with …